Links to Great Jazz Improvisation Resources:
This method offers many great jazz licks (or patterns, as I call them) and helps students learn them in multiple keys and use them in improvised solos. This is a great way to continue developing your improvisation skills after finishing Improv Pathways.
This website offers many great resources for the intermediate to advanced jazz improviser. It features videos and books by Jerry Bergonzi, as well as many other jazz musicians. I feel that Bergonzi's materials are superior to many of the other materials out there.
This book is offers chapters on why improvisation is important, how it can be taught within your ensemble rehearsals, and how to choose jazz charts that support your curriculum. It also includes an index of over 180 Grade 1-3 jazz charts, with detailed information about the key and chord progression in the solo section. It is a great resource from an experienced jazz educator!
It is available from amazon.com and from the NAFME website.
This website features very interesting analysis of both jazz and popular tunes, with an emphasis on voice leading and guide tones in the harmonic progressions. If you want to delve more deeply into this stuff, check it out!
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